For this week's "Scenes of the City," we tagged along on an edible food forage in Golden Gate Park. Instructor Kevin Feinstein of Forage SF guided a small group of students through areas of Golden Gate Park, all the while pointing out edibles and informing the class how to best harvest, prepare and consume the plants. While foraging in Golden Gate Park is illegal, it's not illegal to learn about what we can eat in the city around us.
All copy and photos by Joseph Schell
Wild Onions can be found all over the city. Check your backyard (we did ... and found some).
Stinging Nettles, if picked correctly, can be delicious. Someone in the class even said he had made Nettle pesto. Here's a recipe.
While it sounds like a great idea to go and forage for wild plants, in this photo, instructor Kevin Feinstein is speaking about how easy it is to confuse different plants. Here he points out how the top of Poison Hemlock looks like a lot of the plants in the parsley and carrot family.
Many types of grasses are edilbe. It's better not to eat them though. Instead, chew them up and tuck them in the side of your cheek.
Nasturtium grows all over the city and the entirety of the plant is edible.
Mallow is another very common edible plant found around the city.
Miner's Lettuce has a tasty crunch and can be found all of the city during our wet spring season.
Although not encouraged by SF Forage (for legal reasons) some students tried different edibles during the class.
Chickweed is another widely found edible plant.
The class makes their way across a grassy field in Golden Gate Park.
Kevin Feinstein point out the berries of a Nightshade plant that are edible after they ripen and soften.